Wilderness Tips

Publisher: Emblem Editions
An award-winning collection of ten stories that charts the complexities of modern life and explores the strange and secret places of the heart. The gruesome discoveries of an archaeological dig in Britain find parallels in a contemporary love affair; a girl disappears without a trace and returns to haunt a collection of landscape paintings; a nineteenth-century case of mass-poisoning on the famous Franklin Expedition stirs memories of a dead friend; a woman exacts a fittingly wicked revenge on her ex-lover; a well-known journalist is betrayed by a former mentor and friend. Brilliantly rendered, disturbing, poignant at times, scathingly humorous at others, Wilderness Tips imbues the familiar world in which we live with indelible truths.

From the Hardcover edition.



“A solace in the midst of life’s losses and confusions–reason enough to celebrate once again Margaret Atwood’s singular gifts.” Maclean’s

Wilderness Tips is vintage stuff: the author is at her satiric, terse, biting and disturbing best in these ten stories.” Edmonton Journal

“This is masterful writing.” The Globe and Mail

“Atwood is as audacious as ever.... There is something irresistible about this combination of mordant humour and unswerving truth.” Winnipeg Free Press

“Each of the stories in Wilderness Tips is a gem, a glittering piece to which one is drawn again and again.” The Denver Post

“Virtuoso wit and unmistakable style.... Atwood the poet is alive in these stories.” Chicago Tribune.

“Almost every one of the ten stories in this collection superimposes the past upon the present in an unsettling, often startling manner, which conjures up a sense of the mysterious, in even the most banal relationships.” The New York Times Book Review